Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the carols, the lights and decorating a good (real) tree. As my children are getting older, I don’t have as much opportunity to visit holiday-themed events in Seattle but that didn’t stop me finding out what’s going on. (Thanks to my friend Meg Paynor for pulling together some of the things on this list for me).
Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel Lobby, on 6th between Pike & Union in downtown Seattle. This event runs November 24 – January 3. Don’t miss this impressive, 17th annual Gingerbread Village. Seattle’s top architectural firms partner with the Sheraton’s culinary staff to design, bake and build gingerbread displays according to this year’s theme, “A Reel Christmas.”
A Chocolate Holiday on Thursdays, December 3, 10 and 17, 2009, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Four Seasons Seattle. A Chocolate Holiday is a celebration for serious chocolate lovers. ART Restaurant’s chocolate buffet will feature 11 temptations, including chocolate fondue, dipped strawberries, white chocolate peppermint mousse cake and a chocolate s’mores tart. If that isn’t enough chocolate, how about chocolate chili pasta with basil and cocoa nibs? Adults: USD 15.00; Children ages 6 – 12: USD 7.00, Children 5 and under, free.
Sheraton Seattle Hotel hosts Traditional Santa Breakfasts on Sundays, December 13, 14, 20 and 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. Featuring traditional entertainment including original strolling minstrels, Leo the Clown, Magic Bob, Olympic Ballet Dancers, and, of course, Santa!
The Teddy Bear Suite at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel is open November 23 – December 26, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Teddy Bear Suite features more than 130 stuffed bears, bear-themed children’s books and photo opportunities. The hotel also features chestnut roasting, December 4, 11 and 18, and the 31st Annual Festival of Trees, November 22 – December 3.
I’d didn’t get this post up before the Holidays With HeART event at the Four Seasons Seattle, but the Four Seasons did sponsor a prize in the Passports with Purpose online fund-raiser which you can read about here.
Last year my children were very impressed by the “fancy” gingerbread houses on display at Theo’s Chocolate. These houses are built by local architectural firms so they’re truly nothing like any gingerbread house you’ve seen before. This year, we’ll have to hurry up if we want to catch the show because it ends this coming Thursday, December 17th. Details are in the Events section on the Press page on Theo’s Chocolate website.
Finally, today we went to the Fremont Players British-style Pantomime at Hales Palladium. It’s really well done and a very family-friendly couple of hours. The kids at the performance we went attended totally got into the spirit of audience participation – even my jaded teen.